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Full text of "The Letters Of Horace Walpole Vol I"

The troops for Flanders go on board Saturday se'nnight, the first embarkation of five thousand men: the whole number is to be sixteen thousand. It is not yet known what success Earl Stair has had at the Hague. We are in great joy upon the news of the King of Prussia's running away from the Austrians: though his cowardice is well established, it is yet believed that the flight in question was determined by his head, not his heart; in short, that it was treachery to his allies8.
I forgot to tell you, that of the Secret Committee Sir John Rushout and Cholmley Tumor never go to it, nor, which is more extraordinary, Sir John Barnard. He says he thought their views were more general, but finding them so particular against one man, he will not engage with them.
I have been breakfasting this morning at Eanelagh Garden4: they have built an immense amphitheatre, with balconies full of little alehouses; it is in rivalry to Vauxhall, and costs about twelve thousand pounds. The building is not finished, but they get great sums by people going to see it and breakfasting in the house: there were yesterday no less than three hundred and eighty persons, at eighteen pence a-piece. You see how poor we are, when, with a tax of four shillings in the pound, we are laying out such sums for cakes and ale.
We have a new opera, with your favourite song, Se cerca, se dice5: Monticelli sings it beyond what you can conceive. Your last was of April 8th. I like the medal of the Caesars and Nihils6 extremely; but don't at all like the cracking of
3 The King of Prussia, at the beginning of April, raised the siege of Brunn and withdrew from Moravia. His retreat was due to the inadequate support of his allies, the French and Saxons.
* Eanelagh. G-ardens were upon land granted by William HE to Eichard Jones, first Earl of Bane-
lagh. (d. 1712). The buildings were demolished in 1802, and the site now forms part of Chelsea Hospital Gardens.
5  In the Olimpiade.   Walpole.
6  A satirical medal: on one side was the head of Francis, Duke of Lorraine (afterwards Emperor), with this motto, aut Caesar aut niliil; on